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BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Daniel Alex Rozbicki, 24, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, to possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that in September 2008, the defendant possessed a computer containing images and videos of child pornography. After a search of his residence on September 26, 2008, Rozbicki admitted to agents that he had been viewing and downloading child pornography for approximately three years. The defendant indicated that he obtained the images and videos over the Internet using a file-sharing program. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed a total of 21 images and 40 videos of child pornography were stored. Some of the images depicted minors less than 12 years old. Some of the images also contained violence.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota, and detectives of Buffalo Police Department under the direction of Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 30, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. EST, in Buffalo, NY in front of U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
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